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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Unblocking PUK Code

If you are an Maxis Hotlink user and have finally decided to enable PIN code to your SIM card for security reason, you may accidentally cause SIM card to be block, probably because you couldn't remember previous PIN code set.

You need to obtain the PUK code to unblock your phone now.

Don't worry, this is normal. And you can obtain the PUK code 24x7 by calling this number 1300-820-120. Follow the instruction and there will be an option for obtaining PUK code.

Maxis Hotlink users are advised to enable PIN code to the SIM card due to higher threats of cyber security these days.

Actually there is no point of doing that because Maxis wouldn't tolerate Hotlink missing SIM card cases. The function of PUK code is merely just for the policy of being there. This is because when you dial 1300-820-120 to obtain PUK code, there is no procedure for identity verification except that you are required to enter the phone number of the SIM card. Assuming that your phone is stolen and the thief manages to find out your number, it will attempt to reset the PIN number (of the SIM card) by just entering the guessed PIN number and triggers the unblock. Then the thief will call up 1300-820-120 to get the PUK code and reset new PIN.

The worst case scenario is that all parties will just have to give up the number because the thief may not take risk to use the SIM card all the time, maybe only on and off (for doing illegal stuff), fearing that it could be tracked down too.

Hotlink is a prepaid service offered by Maxis. Only post-paid users can have the option to transfer numbers to new SIM cards.

The rightful thing to do is to lock your mobile phones with PIN codes. But you don't really want to do that because it is so troublesome. Another thing to do is to note down your IMEI code if allocation is given to the fact that PIN codes for locking mobile phones can be cracked. The instruction to obtain IMEI code is by typing *#60#, as described here.

For Maxis Hotlink users out there, this code is similar to typing *122# to check your account balances.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

F5 Integrates with BEA

F5 who has previously announced third quarter revenue of USD$132.4 million accompanying key strategies:
  • Increases book-to-bill - This is actually referring to confirmed purchased orders. This is a good strategy for sales managers striving in a higher competitive and challenging environments.
  • Strengthened Balance Sheet - Company assets improvement.
  • Sales Operations Expansion
More about F5 Networks

F5 Networks completes BEA Validation Program Key F5 solutions fulfill integration test requirements for BEA WebLogic Server

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, AUGUST 23, 2007 – F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its BIG-IP® v9 products and the FirePass® v6 SSL VPN appliance have completed the BEA Platform Validation Program and are now verified to integrate with BEA WebLogic Server® 9.2 and WebLogic Server 10 application servers.

F5 customers are now assured that the F5 BIG-IP products (including Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, Application Security Manager, and WebAccelerator) and F5 FirePass integrate seamlessly with the BEA WebLogic servers from BEA Systems, Inc.

F5
BIG-IP products are Application Delivery Networking solutions that enable organizations to keep their IP-based applications secure, fast, and available; while F5 FirePass provide users with secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser for outstanding performance, scalability, ease-of-use, and end-point security.

BEA Systems a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, delivering powerful standards-based platforms for building enterprise applications and managing Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) even in heterogeneous IT environments

“Both F5 and BEA have a long-standing, deep technology partnership, and this is yet another demonstration of our commitment to ensure that our technologies are designed to work well together to help save mutual customers time, money, and hassle in deploying our solutions,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager, F5 Networks, Malaysia.

F5 BIG-IP installed in BEA Center

In a similar development, F5 Networks provided its BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) for the BEA Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Center of Innovation located in McLean, Virginia, USA. The BIG-IP® LTM is installed in new BEA center designed to showcase BEA and partner solutions for network optimization. The new SOA Center of Innovation testing and validation facility sees a combination of the best in BEA’s enterprise infrastructure software with F5 Application Delivery Networking technologies.

The center can help customers more easily adopt SOA - the success of which relies heavily on network performance and availability. F5’s BIG-IP LTM will demonstrate the benefits it can provide by ensuring the cost-effective and secure deployment of enterprise, mobile, and Web services applications.

As a core contributor to the BEA Center of Innovation, F5 has the opportunity to continue working with BEA customers in both the public and commercial sectors.


About F5 Networks

F5 Networks
is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability—all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide.

This press release may contain forward looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statements are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the company’s filings with the SEC.

For more information:

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

MTouche's venture receives global investment worth USD5.25 million

MTouche's venture is the collaboration or joint-venture between MTouche and Cellcast where back in January 2007...

mTouche Technology Berhad has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Cellcast plc, the interactive digital broadcaster listed on the AIM. They will develop interactive television services for broadcasters in Malaysia and Singapore using Cellcast's iTV (interactive television) formats and solutions, and mTouche's intelligent Short Messaging Platform, mTouche Interactive TV Platform for premium SMS and premium IVR services. At the same time, Cellcast will assist mTouche in the provision of mobile messaging services in Europe.

Now, this joint-venture is back again with more money to roll.

The investment from venture capitalist Canaan Partners is expected to give the joint-venture more financial muscle, not just for opex (operational expenditure) but also for financial optimization (hope so).

More about MTouche.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2007 – MESDAQ-listed mTouche Technology Berhad (“mTouche”) today announces that global venture capital firm Canaan Partners (“Canaan”) has invested a total of USD5.25 million in mTouche’s UK-based affiliate Cellcast plc. (“Cellcast”).

This investment by Canaan is buoyed by the increasingly strong demand for interactive digital entertainment in the Asia and South-East Asia regions. It is also seen as a significant shot-in-the-arm for global interactive digital broadcaster Cellcast as well as Cellcast SEA Limited (“Cellcast SE Asia”) - a joint venture company between mTouche and Cellcast.

Eugene Goh, CEO of mTouche hails Canaan’s investment in Cellcast as timely and apt in the current circumstance where he believes the largest and fastest growing mobile, television and online digital entertainment markets in the world are clustered around the Asia region.



“Our partnership with Cellcast has proven to be a success in helping mTouche leverage the ever-growing market and potential of digital entertainment in Asia. We see Canaan’s investment in Cellcast as positively strategic in terms of further business expansion and leadership consolidation.”

Canaan’s investment in Cellcast is an endorsement that speaks volumes for South East Asian-based managed IT companies. We are confident that with Canaan’s financial backing, and the existing mTouche-Cellcast’s joint venture, Cellcast SE Asia, will soon realize its ambitions to be the leading interactive media applications provider in the region.”

This year, Cellcast SE Asia, successfully launched Insomnia and CelebMania, two late-night interactive television show created for terrestrial television. Both shows broadcasted over TV3 using Cellcast’s Interactive Television (“iTV”) format and solutions, leveraging the mTouche™ Intelligent Short Messaging Platform, mTouche™ Interactive TV Platform for Premium Short Messaging Services (“SMS”) and Premium Interactive Voice Recognition (“IVR”) services. Viewers are able to participate in brain-teasers and quizzes, while being entertained with high-energy comedy sketches, musical acts and celebrity gossips.

New Business Structure

Cellcast is injecting its 50% holding in Cellcast SEA Limited (“Cellcast SE Asia”) into its new venture, Cellcast Asia Holdings (“Cellcast Asia”). Canaan’s investment brings Cellcast Asia’s enlarged share capital value to USD13.5 million.

Pankaj Thakar, Cellcast Asia’s new CEO, says, “The region’s rapid mobile penetration growth together with the significant expansion in the multi-channel television industry, are creating significant opportunities for Cellcast’s digital entertainment products. By combining the resources of Cellcast Asia with the strong market position of our partner mTouche, we are creating a powerful regional distribution capability with a combined network of relationships with over 20 leading regional broadcasters and over 30 telecoms operators.”

“The exciting participation of Canaan Partners will enable us to accelerate growth through investment in new formats and applications and the expansion of our management team to support our regional initiatives,” says Thakar.

Eugene Goh of mTouche ends, “The mobile trend in the region will create an enormous ripple of opportunities for interactive digital content and mTouche is confident that we will be able to introduce more innovative interactive media applications to the regional market through our excellent and fruitful partnership with Cellcast.”

About mTouche Technology Berhad:

mTouche Technology Berhad is involved in the provision of mobile short messaging technologies such as mTouche Intelligent Short Messaging Platform and mTouche Content Provisioning Platform. It is a forerunner and leader with expertise in mobile messaging technologies and interactive media applications (which includes television, radio and press) in South-East Asia with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India and China. mTouche Technology Berhad is listed as the provider of one of the world’s 31 hottest business ideas outside of the USA by Business 2.O on CNNMoney.com for M-Bit Networks – mTouche’s revolutionary peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing offering which facilitates the distribution of large amounts of content, Napster-style, over mobile networks.

About Cellcast plc:

Cellcast is an interactive digital broadcaster listed on the Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”) and is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of interactive television applications, formats and services and other telecommunication solutions/equipment in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Headquartered in London, with associated operations in Paris, Beirut, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Sao Paolo and Shenzhen, Cellcast’s applications and programming are distributed on the Sky Digital platform in the UK and broadcast partners include Canal+ in France; Future TV, LBC, MBC, Dubai Television and Rotana in the Middle East; RedeTV in Brazil, Zee TV in India, and TV3 in Malaysia.

Cellcast Asia:

Cellcast Asia is a non-trading holding company whose principal investments will be its 100% holding in Cellcast Interactive India Pvt Limited and its 50% holding in Cellcast SE Asia.

Canaan Partners:

Canaan Partners is a leading global venture capital firm specializing in early-stage information technology and life sciences investments. Founded in 1987, Canaan Partners has $2.4 billion capital under management and has invested in more than 240 companies, completed 63 mergers and acquisitions, and brought over 50 companies public. The firm catalyzes the development of innovative mobile, Internet, Clean Tech, networking, semiconductor, enterprise software and services, biotechnology and medical devices to build next-generation market leaders. Canaan is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, and has offices in Connecticut, India and Israel.

For further queries:

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Scopes of management for IT environment for security

If you are an IT manager, you would probably want to check out this survey by decipher.

I find it helpful because it provides one with the scopes of considerations required for managing an IT environment with regards to the information security.

Here are the scopes:

1. Categories of IT task within an environment.
  • General System Admin
  • Network administration or management
  • Security
  • End User/help desk
  • Development/Programming
  • Database Admin/management

2. Internet applications, technologies or services to be concerned with.
  • Instant messaging

    • Public instant messaging (e.g., AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GoogleTalk, Skype, ICQ)
    • Internet or Web-based chat (e.g., IRC, Meebo)
    • Enterprise IM and Unified Communications (e.g., Microsoft LCS, Jabber, IBM Sametime,)

  • Media
    • Streaming audio or video services (e.g., Windows Media, QuickTime)
    • Subscription media (e.g., RSS, podcasting)
    • IPTV (e.g., Joost or Veoh)
    • Wikis or Blogging (e.g., LiveJournal, Blogspot)

  • File Sharing
    • Remote synchronization applications (e.g., Plaxo, GoToMyPc, Timbuktu)
    • Music/video file sharing (e.g., Kazaa, Limewire, Grokster, BitTorrent)

  • Collaboration
    • Web conferencing (e.g., WebEx, PlaceWare, RainDance)
    • Collaborative work applications (e.g., Groove)
    • Social Networking Sites (e.g., MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIN, and others)
    • Webware/Web-based applications and services (e.g., Delicious, Twitter, BackPack)

  • Internet Telephony
    • Personal/client-based telephony (e.g., Skype or Vonage)
    • Enterprise/server-based telephony

  • Others
    • Web-based mail (e.g., via Yahoo, Hotmail, Google )
    • Anonymizers and proxy servers (e.g., Tor, Ghostsurf)
    • Google desktop
    • Browser plug-ins

3. Have any of the incidents listed below occurred at your company within the last six months?
  • Viruses, trojans, worms
  • Spyware and adware
  • Rootkits or similar hidden applications
  • Bots and Botnets
  • Other malware (keyloggers, dialers, etc.)
4. Security-related activities
  • Maintenance of network security hardware and software
  • Maintenance of enduser computer hardware/software
  • Federal or corporate archiving and storage requirements (e.g. of emails or IM logs)
  • Education of endusers about security-related issues
  • Development of corporate security policies
5. IT group have guidelines and procedures for archiving, storing and producing certain company communications, like email, chat or IM records. The organization's attorneys or legal counsel ever provided you with guidance or instructions about requirements for storing and archiving certain company communications, like email, chat or IM records?

6. Methods used by your organization to control and secure IM communications made by employees.
  • IM proxy servers
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)
  • Desktop software/personal firewalls
  • Desktop lockdown
7. Considerations for end-users:
  • Most endusers are aware of corporate Internet usage policies ?
  • Endusers are regularly trained on how to keep their computers secure from threats ?
  • Most endusers comply with corporate Internet usage policies ?
  • Management is aware of federal regulations that govern our archiving/storage requirements ?
  • We cannot prevent endusers from using IM or P2P applications ?
8. IM Pros and Cons:
  • IM and P2P are extremely risky for my company's network security ?
  • The advantages of IM and P2P outweigh the risks ?
  • We have effective methods to monitor IM or P2P traffic on our network ?
  • We have effective methods to block/filter IM or P2P traffic on our network ?
  • We have all the tools we need to be in compliance with federal regulations governing archiving and storage ?
  • We cannot keep up with all the spyware and adware applications that are out there. It is too hard to stay abreast of the latest threats ?
  • My colleagues and I receive sufficient training to be up-to-speed on security-related issues ?
Also, check out SonicWall and ACA Pacific distributions of Kace, Consentry and FaceTime.

Pay attention to Kace, provider of KBox, system management appliances.

KBox intends to solve old problem and it is based on client server architecture. The main purpose of its existence is to control users and it takes away IT managements the problems of:
  • Complexity
  • Security
  • Productivity
  • Compliance
  • Speed
  • Efficiency
It has two products:
  • KBox 2000 Series Systems - Deployment appliances.
    Essentially, this is a system imaging and deployment tool for Windows and Linux systems. It provides the following functions & features:
    • Inventory
    • Scripted Installation
    • K-Imaging
    • KPE
    • Remote Systems Recovery
    • Pre & Post Processing
    • Application Slipstreaming
    • Integrated Reporting
    • Centralized Deployment Library
    • 100% Agentless

  • KBox 1000 Series Systems - Management appliances.
    Essentially, this is tool focus on your day-to-day systems management and security needs.
    • Hardware & software inventory
    • Software distribution
    • Patch Management
    • Asset Management
    • Scripting Configuration
    • Security Audit & Enforcement
    • Reporting & Dashboards
    • Help Desk & User Portal
    • Alerting & Remote Control
According to Greg Lipper (Managing Director of Kace APAC), KBox is unique in Asia because non-box IT management products & services don't get the work done, due to the following factors:
  • Cost
  • Implementation problem
  • Support requirements
And by putting everything into a box, that three adoption prohibition factors are eliminated quickly. And it promises the following things:
  • Easy to use
  • Total solution
  • Satisfaction guarantee
Which in other words, KBox helps to save cost for your IT management. It is built based on open source technologies such as Apache, MySQL and BSD (OS). It also has the capability to perform sell system turning.

However, it is not perfect per se. Thus, it is targeting companies who cannot afford a big team of IT personnel and do not have complex and evolving IT infrastructure requirements. According to Greg Lipper, these companies fall under the category of "Fortune 100,000."

Friday, August 17, 2007

SonicWall : New Image Interence Engine

Latest SONICWALL email security statistic show rising threat from PDF and ZIP spam, phishing on the increase again.

New Image Inference Engine Demonstrates Its Effectiveness In Fighting Image Spam

More about SonicWall.

Press Release:

Evolving Spams:

KUALA LUMPUR – August 17, 2007 – Data collected by SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL) from its Smart Network database of over 1.3 million e-mail users shows ongoing growth in the volume of spam, virus and phishing attacks, increased use of PDF spam and the emergence of a new wave of Excel and Zip spam. The results were based on aggregated results from the SonicWALL Smart Network from April to July, 2007.

SonicWALL’s analysis shows that Directory Harvest Attacks (DHA), Denial of Service (DoS) and similar attacks decreased by 2% over the quarter, but still accounted for 55.7% of e-mail flowing into inboxes. Spam, viruses and phishing attacks, increased by 4% from Q1 2007, and comprised 37.4% of all e-mail, with the remaining 6.9% being Good email – a 3% increase over Q1 2007.

New Techniques of Spams:

During the second quarter of 2007, PDF spam emerged as a persistent threat. These types of e-mail attacks typically contain little to no text in the body but attach a PDF file, usually a stock or drug spam message containing malicious code, which, if opened, can be automatically downloaded onto a victim’ s computer. SonicWALL believes the widespread adoption of PDF spam illustrates the adaptability of spammers in finding new techniques to counteract image spam prevention techniques.

“PDF spam demonstrates the continued innovation in spam techniques that attempt to bypass anti-spam detection and trick employees into opening e-mails that give the appearance of legitimate business letters,” said Andrew Klein, senior product manager for SonicWALL’s Email Security division. “PDF spam is effective because files in PDF format have long been considered an acceptable way for businesses to transfer information. Much like phishing emails, spammers have manipulated the trust factor to get past both technical and psychological defenses.”

Excel and Zip Files Spams:

More recently, SonicWALL has detected an increasing amount of Excel and ZIP file spam. Utilizing the same trust-busting premise as PDF spam, Excel and ZIP spam succeed because they mimic legitimate correspondence to get more eyes to view the message.

Recognizing Patterns:

Klein commented, “Think about how many times you’ve fired off a PDF or ZIP file to someone with no message or a simple note along the lines of ‘Here it is’. Spammers are mimicking this behavior. As a result, it is difficult to educate email users as to which emails to open and which to ignore. The results are that if a PDF spam message gets into a user’s Inbox, it is has a much higher likelihood that it will be opened than a traditional spam message.”



Image Inference Engine:

SonicWALL recently introduced a new Image Inference Engine (IIE) capability to strengthen the Image Spam analysis and protection techniques in its Email Security solutions. The IIE extracts core features of an image that a spammer cannot manipulate and utilizes these features to help determine if an email is ‘good’ or spam. The engine also seeks out disguises within the image and incorporates these key indicators into the decision making process as well. The IIE is available in Version 6.0 of SonicWALL’s Email Security. “We added the IIE to our library of spam fighting techniques to help fight image spam, because existing technologies such a Optical Character Recognition (OCR) could not match the throughout speed of our system. In addition, OCR technology is challenged by various spammer tricks such as image tilting and shading and as a result is less effective,” said Klein.

About SonicWALL, Inc. :

Founded in 1991, SonicWALL, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures comprehensive network security, email security, secure remote access, and backup and recovery solutions. Over one million SonicWALL security appliances have been shipped to protect tens of millions of computer users in businesses worldwide. SonicWALL is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +1 (408) 745-9600.

Local press contact:

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Malaysia suggesting to take action against youTube

Malaysia has decided to suggest to take action against youTube. All this arises from a Malaysian posting of an altered version of the national anthem for the amusement of his friends and fans.

Personally, I haven't watched the clip yet. Legal actions will be tried against Mr. Wee Meng Chee.

The government thinks this media does not qualify as a content for knowledge economy.

This is just a suggestion.

This is a good tea-break for the much important financial uncertainty appearing in the world scene recently.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Long Tail Econony is attacking this blog again

First of all, let's analyse traffic coming to this web site for the past 1 month. It has been showing the upward trend.

Site Meter

However, it shows downward trend for the past few days.

Site Meter

As one can see, it started the downward slope starting 14-Aug-07.

Autopsy:

And to dissect this further in order to do an autopsy, let's dwell into Google Analytics.

First of all, let's check out the keywords coming in for the period between 9-Aug-07 to 16-Aug-07. And we have..

Site Meter

And the top 5 keywords actually responsible for 20% of all traffics.

Now, let's check out the period from 9-Aug-07 13-Aug-07, just before the "sudden" turning-point. And we have...



It shows that the top 5 keywords are the same as that of period between 9-Aug-07 to 16-Aug-07, as well as its frequency.

Now, let's check out period 14-Aug-07 to 16-Aug-07.

Google Analytic

You can see that the top 5 keywords are depleting in strengths.

Now, let's check out 15-Aug-07 to 16-Aug-07.

Google Analytic

It is totally gone! I have been robbed.

So, Google is undergoing correction. It seems that it is taking me off the index for popular keywords. Just like the share market.

Why does Google work in this manner ?

Long Tail Economy:

The answer is Long Tail Economy. And it has happened before.



The long Tail is really about the economics of abundance-what happens when the bottlenecks that stand between supply and demand in our culture start to disappear and everything becomes available to everyone.

This means that whatever that is out there, Google wants you to be accessible to it. which is a tough job. What if there are 1000 Tom Cruise in Hollywood ? They have to take turn to appear in the big screen right ?

And thus, in order to make this happen, Google needs to have backend Artificial Intelligence systems to check out for monopoly patterns and try to rectify it, in order to make ways or give opportunities to other people.

The Long Tail economy is the key element in order for Google to survive, because without enough contents (or long tail), you don't need a powerful search engine, you just need to have a few good del.icio.us.

I think this is the reason and it can be fair.

The only way to keep becoming popular is to do the followings:
    1. Keep writing or innovating on the same topics which had made you popular. For instance, if you write about vegetarian, then keep doing it.
    2. Check out some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques.
    3. Never count on one search engine, which in this world, we are actually left to not many choices.

The keywords will come back shortly, albeit weaker strengths.

Will keep you in the loop.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hot ICT Jobs (6) Malaysia

Nation's leading steel makers (in Prai), is embarking on an expansion and diversification plan with the ultimate aim of becoming a global player in the not too distant future.

Based on their business expansion, they are seeking suitable candidates to fill the following positions.

1. Electrical Engineer (8 positions)
( Penang - Prai)

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in planing, organizing & carrying out preventive/corrective maintenance works according to periodic schedule.
  • Ensure plant operation is up and running by catering to unexpected breakdown.
  • Ensure & check maintenance work in compliance with compant requirements (i.e. standards od ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001)
  • Manage electrical technicians in carrying out planning, trouble shooting and maintenance work.
  • Investigate, study and liase with other parties on plant machinery improvement.
  • For new projects, involve in installation of equipment and facilities.
Requirements:
  • Candidate must possess at least a Degree/Higher Diploma/ in Electrical Engineering
  • At least 1 year working experience.
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
2. Chemical Engineer (8 positions)

Responsibilities:
  • To supervise contractor and installation works
  • To certify quality of work and prepare reports
Requirements:
  • Candidate must possess at least a Degree/Higher Diploma in Chemical Engineering
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
3. Civil Engineer (3 positions)

Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
4. Material Science (8 positions)

Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Material Science
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
4. Quantity Surveyor (2 Positions)

Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Quantity Surveyor
  • Able to read detail drawing market rate of construction trade, contract document detail, claiming procedure, etc.
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
Job description:
  • To taking off quantity from consultant drawing, formalize table, term & condition and price and budget
  • Liaise with consultant and contractor, to settle or change of construction method or material, up-date changes, etc
5.Mechanical Engineer (7 Positions)

Responsibilities:
  • Plan and liaise with supporting section the necessary resources to fit the schedule
  • Overview the production performance against the target
  • Decide the countermeasure of the problem and consult with related parties
Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Quantity Surveyor
  • Able to read detail drawing market rate of construction trade, contract document detail, claiming procedure, etc.3
  • Skills required
Communication, management of plat & staff for workshop, oversee supply & repairs of accessories for Production Line
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth or Shah Alam.
6. Industrial Engineer (5 Positions)

Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
7. Mineral (5 Positions)

Requirements:
  • Candidates must posses at least a Diploma / Advance Diploma / Bachelor Degree in Mineral or equivalent courses
  • Required language(s): Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Applicants must be able to work in heavy industry.
  • Good in interpersonal skills.
  • Fresh graduates are encourage to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Butterworth.
8. Finance Executive (2 Positions)

Requirements:
  • Degree in Accounting or completed professional course in ACCA, CPA, or MIA .
  • At least 2 years working experience in audit firm
  • Self motivated, able to work under pressure and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Preferable male Chinese candidate
  • Fresh graduates are also encourage to apply.
Job Descriptions:
  • To compile all Statistical reports for review by Manager
  • To assist in analyzing all A/P are posted into the correct cost centers
  • To assist in reconciling the account variances
  • To assist in he monthly preparation of process costing report
  • To assist in extraction of historical data and whenever requested by manager
If you fit the role and interested, please contact the following while still available.

Jessey Chan
Search Consultant
Tel : 012 – 420 1756
E-mail : jesseychan@irmsb.com or team@it-sideways.com

Friday, August 10, 2007

Computing as content to entertainment world

Long ago there was Terminator and then The Matrix, along the way we had Hackers, firewall and Antitrust.

But it looks like movie plot based on computer technologies would be interesting. This is evident from recent blockbusters Die Hard 4.0 and Transformer, both of which focus on security breaches of the central government computer infrastructures that would lead to national security problems.

Both movies manage to carry the message across to audiences, that computer breach could one day trigger the end of the world.

And it doesn't really matter if audiences understand exactly what is happening, all people know is that should the central controlling agency lose control towards the computer infrastructure, they are in big shit and you need heroes to rescue the day.

And it doesn't really take long for people to accept the fact because it looks like computer infrastructures are inter-liking with government, military and societal agencies. It has potential of havoc-wreaking the financial system and takes us all back to stone age, just imagine that out of a sudden, all your bank accounts show zero balance. Would that be rather scary ? There is no prove and no trace, with safety net to fall back on. The government would really freak out when all financial system records where eradicated simultaneously. Because whose cash is that belong to ?

I think the Malaysian entertainment scene could pick up similar footsteps because it would be a good selling point, since we can't sell sexual oriented content.

Perhaps something for MCMC Networked Content Development Grant ?

We need good computing plots, preferably some real stories and we need good story tellers to get the message across to the society at large.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The sea is calm, mountain tall (1)

That's right, no tsunami and earthquake, this is the Malaysian scene recently.

The latest hot cake is the launching of MCMC Networked Content Development Grant, with total fund of RM 20 million.

Check out MSC latest feeds, nothing quite interesting yet.

The MDeC pre-seed grant is the only one that is making wave recently. Now it is into batch number 5. This is a RM 80 million total fund size and is opened for all Malaysian.

On a basic level, the grant has the following characteristics:

1. A maximum of up to RM 150,000 funding for development of up to 12 months.
2. No repayment is requirement unless the following applies:
  • RM 1 million or more sales is achieved within 3 years periods after the project is completed.
  • Additional funding received for RM 1 million or more is achieved within 3 years periods after the project is completed
  • The Intellectual Property is sold for RM 1 million or more within 3 years periods after the project is completed
3. Meant for individuals, companies need not apply.
4. Projects can be of any genre, may not have to be R & D.
5. Focus on commercialization.
6. Keep it simple.

Everyone should try to apply for this grant, it is worth it and its evaluation process is fair.

My tips for you is to focus on the following areas:
  • Executive Summary
  • Gaps/opportunity
  • Technology Plan
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Financial Plan
Other things like marketing plan and etc are important but not so. However, it is best to do everything with the best effort because the weaknesses can be used as reasons for rejections. But don't expect them to read everything.

In other scenes, MAVCAP is seeking to convert obligatory debts into loan.

And if you are interested to get venture capitalist, the following two are opening up for ideas.

1. MIRC
2. NetVal Ventures

While MDeC and PIKOM is working on WCIT 2008 (World Congress in Information Technology) , the next Google is not yet to be seen in Malaysia yet.

The already famous companies are making some waves for their own sea surfing, such as mTouche, Redtone and HeiTech Padu. But you won't really get wet because these waves don't reach your shore.

This is good, still got plenty of opportunities!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

PageFlakes - Cool New Features (1)

PageFlakes is a web 2.0 company, which is a successor to dot-com companies.

It provides the function of "StartPage".

In one sentence, it provides users the capability of browsing the Internet for content of interests with only one interface. It is more like a desktop for all your Internet applications and web sites.

More about pageFlakes.

Recently, it has added more cool new features.

The new Pageflakes Blizzard has an avalanche of cool features like personal profiles, picture upload, and easy sharing of pages and widgets. Your personalized home on the Web is better than ever! If you haven’t seen Pageflakes lately, check it out.

Here are some highlights:
  • One-button personalization
  • TV & media Pagecasts
  • Improved Pagecasting for everyone
  • Your choice of page Theme—pick one or design one yourself!
  • Share your interests in your Personal Profile and upload a picture
  • Check out the WYSIWYG editable Anything Flake for text, images and more
  • Multimedia support for audio, video, and picture feeds and blogs
  • Mac Safari support
One-button Page Personalization – One button helps you find new Flakes (page widgets), discover shared pages called Pagecasts, or spiff up your own pages with new Themes. There are over 240,000 Flakes to choose from, and almost 120,000 Pagecasts to browse.

Media Pagecasts – We’ve added Pagecasts (public shared pages) from media partners such as CBS, AOL, and the Washington Post. It’s easier to follow your favorite TV shows like Entertainment Tonight, editorial items, news, and more from the source.

Improved Pagecasting – Pagecasting has always let users share their pages, but now you have more choices. Copy any Pagecast and make it your own, watch the original in real time, or email it to a friend. To see new Pagecasts and people joining Pageflakes, check out the Community page.

Themes – Make almost every aspect of your page your own. Choose from a gallery of designs like “Grass” and “Twister” or create your own using your own personal pics. You get to decide almost every visual element.

Public Profiles – Share your interests and even a mug shot with fellow Flakers by setting up your Personal Profile. Blizzard lets you tell your own story as well as find other members and find out more about the person behind your favorite Pagecasts.

Anything Flake – Try the new Anything Flake to put text, photos, audio or video on your pages using a new “what you see is what you get” editor. If you can use Word, you can you use the Anything Flake. For more advanced users, edit HTML directly or add Flash.

Better Multimedia Feed Support – Check out your favorite news and blog feeds using the new and improved “Multimedia RSS Flake”. This Flake displays photos and plays audio and video automatically.

Mac Safari Support – If you like Safari and Pageflakes, now you can like them both at the same time! Pageflakes now supports Safari.

My Idea on Web 2.0 business

Recently there is a new web 2.0 company called Frenszone. To put it simply it is like Friendster.

Frenszone has its features which over-shadow Friendster. For instance, it allows matching and searching based on Zodiac sign (a feature which Friendster has long ignored). And the searching for friendster is kind of sucks comparing to Frenszone. Friendster is also sucks in terms of groups.

Anyhow, I always think that to win the game of web 2.0, there will be a few things:

1. You got to be the monopoly or at least top 10 (in terms of users).
2. You got to keep innovating and thus you need to have development resources. This can be argued in terms of two angles:

  • Software Engineering - You will never get a state-of-the-art software done within the first trial, this is why companies uses the concept of beta and alpha releases.
  • New features will increase the popularity.

3. Continuous marketing effort. You have to keep making noises because users will come and go, until you established the brand. Then you got to maintain it against new competitors.

No users means no future, no matter how great your features will be. Thus these three factors complement and conflicting each other. You need to strike a balance.

Coming back to pageFlakes which is competing with NetVibes and iGoogle. Well I think iGoogle is not that great but with their resources, it could overtake everyone. I particularly like Netvibes ability to get a blog to be indexed to the search engine, a feature which pageFlakes hasn't been showing yet.

For my personal web 2.0 experience, I use the following applications:

1. Calendar - Google's Calendar
2. Start page - pageFlakes, NetVibes, Google's reader.
3. Docs - Google's Docs and spreadsheets
4. Blogs - Google's blogger.
5. Address book - Yahoo's mail.
6. Groups and file sharing - Yahoo's Group.
7. Web tracker - Sitemeter and Google's Analytics.
8. Webmail - Yahoo email (Gmail and Hotmail are secondary emails)
9. IM - MSN, Yahoo, Skype, GTalk, ICQ. (In priority accordance)
10. Networking - Friendster, LinkedIn, Frenszone and many more.

So, this explain why Google is still number 1 and Yahoo number 2. (and why the former is constantly acquiring new companies)

Somehow, MSN IM is very popular in Malaysia and this makes MSN number 3. And I don't know why people hate ICQ so much until I never bother to login anymore. Why ? Maybe is karma.

Finally, to get constant information injection about web 2.0, check out the blog called Read/Write web.

mTouche recognized as top ten visible brand

mTouche was previously named world's best start-up by magazine business 2.0

More about mTouche.

Now, it has added another decoration to its laurels; the second most visible brand in the TOP TEN VISIBLE BRANDS league.

Check out the story below.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 August 2007 – mTouche Technology Berhad (“mTouche”) was named the second most visible brand in the TOP TEN VISIBLE BRANDS league at the Brand Equity Magazine Awards 2007 held at the Holiday Villa Hotel last night.

This award is given out annually by Brand Equity Magazine - Malaysia’s premier marketing magazine, to ten of the most elite brands that have secured maximum visibility over the airwaves and across all TV stations for the whole of 2006.

The ‘mTouche’ brand clinched 2nd place, right behind telecommunications brand ‘Maxis’ which was named the most visible brand throughout year 2006.

Some of the other local brands that also made it to this latest TOP TEN VISIBLE BRANDS list include telecommunications brands ‘Digi’ and ‘Celcom’; as well as consumer brands ‘Rejoice’, ‘Pantene’, ‘Olay’ and ‘Power Root’.

The TOP TEN VISIBLE BRANDS poll results are based on Nielsen Media Research (Malaysia)’s TV Rating Study collated from TV advertising expenditure and viewership data. Nielsen Media Research is a dominant source of TV market research data in the country.

Eugene Goh, CEO of mTouche said, “We are very exhilarated to be recognized as one of the most recognizable brand names in the local broadcasting arena. It goes to show that our business to build quality and interactive broadcasting content is paying off.”

mTouche Eugene Goh

“It is extremely important to us that mTouche brand continues to be trusted as synonymous to ‘quality, creative and leading’ broadcast content that the public and our potential customers would keep demanding for.”

Goh thanked Brand Equity saying, “We are most honored to be named amongst our peers in this annual Brand Equity Award.”

Earlier this month, mTouche was the only Malaysian company named as one of 31 non-U.S. technology-based companies picked by the US-based magazine, Business 2.0, in its annual profile of the World’s Best Business Ideas.

About mTouche Technology Berhad

mTouche Technology Berhad is involved in the provision of mobile short messaging technologies such as mTouche Intelligent Short Messaging Platform and mTouche Content Provisioning Platform. It is a forerunner and leader with expertise in mobile messaging technologies and interactive media applications (which includes television, radio and press) in South-East Asia with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India and China.

About Brand Equity Magazine:

Brand Equity is a Malaysia’s premier marketing magazine packed with articles, information, success stories and vignettes relating to the practice of marketing, advertising and media management. This one-of-its-kind Malaysian publication aims to refine their readers’ strategic marketing skills to build brand value in the marketplace.

Nielsen Media Research is a global leader in advertising information services, while also offering radio audience measurement, print readership and consumer media research services. Nielsen Media monitors advertising across 12 key markets in the Asia Pacific region: South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

For further queries:

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Monday, August 06, 2007

eBworx PAT records 58 per cent growth in first half of FY2007

Group bounces back into healthy growth mode of more than 30% y-o-y

Press Release:

PETALING JAYA - Aug 6, 2007 – eBworx Berhad (‘EBWORX’) today announces its results for the second quarter of financial year 2007 (Q2FY07), which ended on 30 June 2007.

The Group’s FY2007 first half PAT surged 58 per cent to RM6 million (from RM3.8 million as of the last corresponding period); on the back of RM21.1 million in revenue that reflects a 32 per cent increase from RM16.1 million in revenue in the first half of FY2006.

Effectively, as of the first half of FY2007, eBworx has already managed to achieve 82 per cent of its FY2006’s PAT.

Chief Executive Officer Tan Suan Fong(picture) expresses satisfaction at the Group’s sterling performance. “After a revenue growth flat for the past 3 years, eBworx’s topline is back to a healthy growing mode of more than 30 percent.”

Tan Suan Fong

“The team is obviously highly motivated that the Group’s continuous and concerted efforts to focus on securing new contracts with healthy margins and cost reduction initiatives are paying off well with proven results.”

“eBworx generated a strong positive operating cash inflow which was close to RM3mil in the first half of FY2007.”

The Group’s profit before tax (PBT) for Q2FY2007 is reported at RM2.872 million as compared to RM1.91 million recorded in the corresponding quarter last year. Earnings Per Share (EPS) for Q2FY2007 stands at 1.31 sen as compared to 0.89 sen in Q2FY2006 as recorded at 30 June 2006.

Riding the Basel II Wave

Tan is optimistic of even better performance by the Group as the banking software sector that eBworx plays in continues to experience greater demand trends fueled by industrial trends.

“We are experiencing a strong market demand for our solution offerings and the critical factor for this is that eBworx is the acknowledged market leader in Credit Management Software. The Group is continuing to land significant contracts in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China, by piggybacking on the wave of Basel II that is sweeping the region with top-down compliance instructions by central banks,” says Tan.

As regional banks seek to increase their competitiveness and provide better services, the financial industry is also seeing increased investments to revamp electronic banking channels such as Internet banking, mobile banking and cash management – all of which contribute positively to drive the Group’s business.

On top of this, eBworx is actively marketing its new Trade Finance solution which allows banks to benefit from the fastest time-to-market cycle for trade product configurations.

“The Group has a strong, unwavering ‘S2 -Software and Services’ vision. In aligning our strategy to this vision, we are putting in significant efforts to grow our in-source IT managed services to capitalize on this growing market requirement.”


A Consistent and Satisfactory Cycle

Tan also shares on the Group’s average invoicing and collection cycle:-

“Based on our quarterly trend, eBworx turns between RM10-12 million of work-in-progress (WIP) to invoice, and turns between RM10-11 million of Account Receivables (AR) into cash collected on quarterly basis. This cycle has been consistent, and both the management and board are with happy with the Group’s financial performance”.


“In term of concentration risks, I would like to emphasize that eBworx sells to, and services a group of clients who are primarily large financial institutions. As such, it is inevitable that our customers are few in numbers as compared to other industries.

Furthermore our business strategy is to focus on Tier-1 banks with stronger IT spending capabilities. This may seem to amplify our concentration risks but do note that this (risk) is well mitigated by the exceptionally strong credit standings of our customers who are reputable financial institutions within the region.”

About eBworx

MSC-status eBworx is a home-grown regional financial solutions specialist, providing a wide array of innovative digital commerce solutions to the financial services industry which include software products, technology consulting and systems integration services that enable financial institutions to improve their sales operational efficiency and manage credit risk.

The eBworx Group has five wholly-owned subsidiaries – Digital Nervous Systems Sdn Bhd, eBworx International Pte Ltd, eBworx Technology (Chengdu) Co Ltd, eBworx Technology (Beijing) Co Ltd and eBworx (Indo-China) Co Ltd. The principal activity of all four companies is the provision of computer software applications and dealing in computer software and hardware for the financial services industry.

In 2001 and 2004, IDC Market Research (M) Sdn Bhd awarded the eBworx Group as a “Local Software Hero in Malaysia” as recognition for its position as a significant software company in Malaysia.

eBworx clientele includes RHB Bank Berhad, AmBank Group, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, Al Rahji Bank, OCBC Bank, EON Bank Group, UOB Group, PT Bank Central Asia (Indonesia) PT Bank Internasional Indonesia, Krung Thai Bank, KASIKORNBANK, Capital OK Company Limited, PT Bank Lippo, PT Bank Danamon, among others.

Institutional Investors

eBworx institutional investors include OSK Venture Equities Sdn Bhd, a venture capital company of OSK Ventures International Berhad and CSE-Infotech Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSE Global Limited, which is listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange.

For more information :

Visithra
visithra@siriuspr.com.my
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700

SonicWALL - Aventail STv platform

SonicWALL unveils new Aventail STv platform, offering enhanced management and remote access control capabilities for enterprises.

IT administrators can improve disaster recovery planning and network threat protection with industry’s only SSL VPN solution including SmartPhone support

SonicWALL’s Aventail STv SSL VPN solution is being distributed by Trans Niaga Sdn. Bhd. and will be available at the end of August 2007.

Other news about SonicWall.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 AUGUST, 2007 — SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading provider of IT security and data protection solutions, today launched the latest version of its award-winning Aventail SSL VPN remote access platform that makes it easier than ever for organizations to manage security threats and control remote access. Aventail STv is the first product delivered following the completion of SonicWALL’s acquisition of Aventail Corporation on July 11, 2007.

Granular Access Control:

Aventail STv from SonicWALL adds a number of advanced features designed to provide benefits in three key areas: detecting the identity and security of the end point; protecting applications through granular access controls; and connecting users securely to network applications. New capabilities include multi-box management, attachment blocking, Vista support and SmartPhone support.

Security Control for Mobile Platform Accesses:

Aventail STv is the first enterprise level SSL VPN solution available to users of SmartPhones and PDAs. SonicWALL’s Aventail STv SSL VPNs secures access from devices running Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, and Macintosh, and enables comprehensive reach to all network resources with granular policy and bi-directional access controls.

The need for Aventail STv:

With the growth in the number of mobile workers and SmartPhones and PDA devices connected to the network, IT managers must deal with higher volumes of security threats from a variety of sources. Providing secure remote access control via SSL VPN for remote and traveling employees, third-party consultants and guest users is an essential element both in protecting the network from security threats and in managing a disaster recovery scenario.

“Aventail STv makes it easier for enterprises to manage scenarios based on mobile workers using SmartPhone Mobile PDAs, and plan for disaster recovery, pre-production lab deployments, and global deployments—with the ease of use that its customers have come to expect from this award-winning remote access solution,” said Chris Witeck, director of product marketing at SonicWALL. “Aventail STv is the first enterprise level remote access solution offering universal access through a single gateway, a seamless user experience, and central management for all access methods. With this release, we are offering our most advanced new features to date.”

Features of Aventail STv include:

  • Multi-Box Management, enabling network managers to manage their global remote access control policy from a single location that can be easily replicated to additional appliances—a valuable asset for organizations leveraging the solution for disaster recovery, pre-production lab deployments and global deployments.
  • Attachment Blocking, making it easy to create security policies that associate trust for the end device with the ability to download email attachments or other sensitive data. For example, organizations can increase security by allowing users to download attachments from managed machines while blocking the download of email attachments by non-managed machines.
  • Vista Support, providing ease of use and universal access across devices, including those running Vista, with both of its market-leading access methods: the clientless Workplace and Connect Tunnel.
  • SmartPhone Support. Aventail is the only secure remote access solution that provides:

    • comprehensive client/server support for Microsoft Windows Mobile PDAs and Smartphones;
    • end point control interrogation to determine trust for mobile devices, enabling access to be limited appropriately;
    • the ability to create universal policies, enabling network managers to set security and access control policies, that apply to users on laptops, kiosks, and mobile devices, in a single operation.


Customers will also benefit from additional security features in the Aventail STv SSL VPN platform including the market’s fastest and most advanced end point checking, Advanced Reporting, Support for Microsoft IE7, Advanced Microsoft Active Directory Support, Virtual Keyboard, Device Watermarking, Quarantine Zones, End Point Control for mobile devices, simplified setup with Dynamic Groups, single sign-on (SSO) support with Dual/Stacked Authentication and Forms-Based Configuration, Session Persistence for roaming access, enhanced Citrix support, and NAT mode for Smart Tunneling that streamlines administrative support of IP address pools.

Over 2.5 million end users worldwide rely on Aventail’s strengths in security, access, policy, end point control, and mobility in higher-end enterprise control deployments.

Availability and Pricing:

SonicWALL’s Aventail STv SSL VPN will be available at the end of August, 2007, through SonicWALL’s worldwide of channel partners. Pricing starts at USD$5,594 for the SonicWALL Aventail EX-750, a full-featured SSL VPN appliance tailored to small to mid-sized enterprises; USD$13,994 for the SonicWALL Aventail EX-1600, an enterprise-class solution tailored for mid-sized enterprises; and USD$32,194 for the SonicWALL Aventail EX-2500, a scalable, enterprise-class solution, supporting high availability with integrated load-balancing capabilities.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

Founded in 1991, SonicWALL, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures comprehensive network security, email security, secure remote access, and continuous data protection solutions. SonicWALL is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +1 (408) 745-9600 or visit the company web site at .

Local press contact:

Lisa Tai
Trans Niaga Sdn. Bhd.
Tel: 03-2264 3000
lisatai@transniaga.com

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
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jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Understanding the Knowledge Economy (1)

In a Knowledge Economy(K-Economy), knowledge should be as free as possible. And the process of publishing knowledge, the policy of protecting knowledge and the manipulation of knowledge which will give us the numbers in realizing the profit & loss in the K-Economy.

This is because it stresses on a few things:
  • Speeds to achieve goals.
  • Decisions based on information.
  • Updated information on a subject which relates to history information.
Blogging is important:

Thus blog is important because knowledge economy requires content to fuel and blog provides content in myriad manners. For instance, if there is no blogger provides blogs about “how to xxxx ?”, then the objective of knowledge economy cannot be achieved, because knowledge empowerment would then not be able to crystallize. We have to hire experts to support us with “dummy” problems.

A knowledge economy defines new market place where instead of paying for knowledge, we pay for how to access knowledge and we pay for the royalty of the content owners and not for the knowledge itself. This is because both parties need to achieve common ground in terms of compromising which otherwise content owners suffer from lazy end-users who prefer to be spoon-feed than becoming empowered with knowledge.

1. Why royalty ?

Why should you only have one or two suppliers ? Why not have more suppliers. Why not evaluate supplier performances based on real time information and knowledge.

2. Global view ?

How do you gain access to information in terms of a global point of view ? Is using Google alone ample to serve your needs ?

What tools do have you to help with business intelligence ?

3. Comparison of information.

How do you audit the business information that you have ? Do you have a few sources for comparison and benchmarking ?

Benefits for Consumers:

The K-Economy would benefit consumers more that vendors because the latter would be obligated to present the case in terms of knowledge point of view. It marks a shift from the obligations of consumers providing vendors with benefit of doubts merely based on business relationships, but rather, the former now can demand for information that would backup the decision of the purchase in the form of comprehensive product comparison, product life cycle expectations based on external factors and etc. It is all about using information by leveraging on other information for a better cause.

Of course, how comprehensive is considered comprehensive ? This is subjective and it will depends on the tools available. For instance, take a look at D & B's Hoovers, Malaysia's CTOS and etc. For a very layman, a very common perception is that a database is the tool for K-Economy but it is not just about Google and Yahoo.

No point taking off blogs:

If a government were to take off blogs, then bloggers will setup up forums, wikis and ultimately, web pages (HTML).

Don't take down HTML, we may take a step backward.

Don’t visit blogs which promotes racism and prejudices except for leisure. Laugh at the stupidity of the writers , but never take them out of the equation, because otherwise who is there to judge ignorance ? For "We're all ignorant, only on different topics" - Mark Twain

Friday, August 03, 2007

MTOUCHE NAMED AS ONE OF WORLD’S BEST START-UPS

Global business and technology magazine Business 2.0 lists mTouche in its
annual roll of World’s Best Business Ideas

mTouche is in the process of launching the program called CelebMania.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 August 2007 – Pegged as one of the world’s hottest start-ups, outside of the U.S. of America by Business 2.O, MESDAQ-listed mTouche Technology Berhad (“mTouche”) is one of 31 non-U.S. technology-based companies and the only company thus far from Malaysia picked by the US-based magazine in its annual profile of the best business ideas in the world.

mTouche captured a lot of buzz especially after it launched M-Bit Network, the world’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) search and file super-distribution network – which allows users to download and share large amounts of content, Napster-style, over mobile networks.

Business 2.0 is published by The Time Inc. Business & Finance network, a leading source for world-wide business news and information.

Eugene Goh

Eugene Goh, CEO of mTouche expressed, “We are honored and delighted at this feat - to be recognized amongst some of the most innovative and dynamic companies from all over the world. It seems that mTouche’s mantra of always being on the look-out for the latest, most ground-breaking technologies to absorb into our business is well appreciated; and we are truly grateful to this.”

mTouche’s launch of M-Bit Network, the world’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) search and file super-distribution network via its subsidiary mBit Pte Ltd earlier in April, has put mTouche under the spot-light for their valiant launch into 4th Generation (4G) mobile market for the extremely sophisticated and matured mobile communities such as in Japan and Korea.

M-Bit Network lauded as the first of its kind in the world because it allows the sharing of content files (a capability known as peer-to-peer or P2P technology), between mobile phones via transmission over wireless mobile networks; whereas right until now P2P technology has been limited to the sharing of content files stored in computers over fixed wired networks.

Other companies amongst the Best Business Ideas in the World include Joost, a UK-based company offering peer-to-peer Internet tube with broadcast TV quality; Bezurk, based in Singapore that provides a travel search engine for Asia which delivers best prices for flights, hotels and cars; and a Slovakian company, Myubo, which allows videos to be uploaded and watched via cell phones.

About mTouche Technology Berhad

mTouche Technology Berhad is involved in the provision of mobile short messaging technologies such as mTouche Intelligent Short Messaging Platform and mTouche Content Provisioning Platform. It is a forerunner and leader with expertise in mobile messaging technologies and interactive media applications (which includes television, radio and press) in South-East Asia with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India and China.

About Business 2.0

BUSINESS 2.0 magazine, uncovers emerging business opportunities and explores the new ways smart companies—and the people who lead them—are using strategy, technology, and innovation to succeed. The magazine is published by the Time Inc. Business & Finance Network, a division of Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company.

For further queries:

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

What people are searching for in July 2007 at IT-Sideways

Keywords landed on Jan 2007
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Keywords landed on May 2007
Keywords landed on June 2007

For July 2007, we have and amazingly, almost same attributes of that comparing with June 2007. They are:

1. People still using Pirated Microsoft products.
2. Profile searches on some industry figures.
3. Configuration of dual mode for Windows operating system.
4. Streamyx issues
5. Next generation education initiatives in Malaysia.
6. MDeC and other government entrepreneurship initiatives.
7. Financial packages for consumers.

Email team@it-sideways.com for comprehensive business intelligence for consulting this matter.

Thanks for reading this blog!

F5 Networks Announces Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2007

F5 has recently launched the Big-IP WebAccelerator.

It now publishes the result for its third quarter of fiscal 2007.

Press Release:

Kuala Lumpur, 3 Aug 2007 —For the third quarter of fiscal 2007, ended June 30, F5 Networks announced revenue of USD$132.4 million, up 4 percent from USD$127.6 million in the prior quarter and 32 percent from USD$100.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2006. Net income was USD$21.8 million (USD$0.51 per diluted share), compared to USD$20.0 million (USD$0.47 per diluted share) in the prior quarter and USD$17.0 million (USD$0.41 per diluted share) in the third quarter a year ago.

Positive Book-to-Bill:

Representing the company’s 18th consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth, results were within the company’s guided revenue range and above its published earnings target. According to F5 president and chief executive officer, John McAdam, bookings outpaced revenue during the quarter, resulting in a positive book-to-bill at quarter-end.

Strengthened Balance Sheet:

In addition to solid revenue and earnings growth, the company continued to strengthen its balance sheet during the third quarter. Deferred revenue, principally from service maintenance contracts, grew 11% compared to the prior period to USD$83.2 million. Cash flow from operations was USD$38.2 million, and the company ended the quarter with USD$633 million in cash and investments.

Sales Organization Expansion:

Commenting on the current quarter, McAdam said he believes F5 is positioned for a strong finish to fiscal 2007. “For a variety of reasons, including seasonal strength in North America, Japan and the U.S. Federal market, Q4 is typically our strongest quarter. We also expect to begin seeing a significant return on the investments we made in expanding our sales organization during the first half of the year.”
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, ending September 30, McAdam said management has set a revenue goal of USD$142 million to USD$144 million with an earnings target of USD$0.53 to USD$0.55 per diluted share.

Two-for-One Forward Stock Split:

F5 also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one forward stock split of the Company’s common stock. This stock split will be effected by the issuance of a dividend of one share of F5 common stock for every share of its common stock issued and outstanding as of the record date of August 10, 2007. New shares of F5 common stock resulting from the stock split will be issued by F5 transfer agent, American Stock Transfer, and F5 common stock will begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on a split-adjusted basis on August 20, 2007. Following the stock split, F5 will have approximately 84.2 million shares outstanding, based on the number of shares outstanding as of July 23, 2007. Reflecting the effect of the stock split, management’s earnings guidance of USD$0.53 to USD$0.55 per diluted share referenced above translates to USD$0.27 to USD$0.28 per diluted share on a post-split basis. In addition, F5 will amend its articles of incorporation to increase its authorized number of shares of common stock from 100 million shares to 200 million shares concurrent with the stock split.

If a shareholder is contemplating a sale of F5 shares between the record date and the payment date, he or she should consult a broker regarding entitlement to the split shares.

F5 third quarter balance sheet 2007

F5 Statement of Operations 2007


About F5 Networks:

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability - all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide.


For more information:


Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Latest Maybank Phishing Web Site

http://www.doomfire.net/home/cache/doomed/backup/confirm/index.htm

Please do not login or comply, it is fake!!

It came with the following message.

Online Banking Services
Security Update Alert

We recently noticed quite a number of unsual log-in attempts into your MAYBANK Online Banking Account from an IP address different from your own we have on file,So we noticed that your account is having some insufficient security problems for it to have been accessed by a third party without your authorization.

If you recently accessed your account on a travel trip, the Sign on in attempts might have been made by you. However, if you are the rightful account holder, follow the link below and make sure you update your online banking informations,as we try to verify your identity and put an extra security on your online banking account.


The log-in attempt was made from:
IP address: 71.229.9.95
ISP host: c-71-229-9-95.hsd1.al.comcast.net

If you decide to ignore this request, we will temporarily lock your online account access and conduct further investigations.

We ask that you allow at least 72 hours for the case to be investigated.

The email header which I received the link.

From Maybank Internet Banking Wed Aug 1 04:23:21 2007
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